Weather and natural disasters

In addition to humanitarian needs stemming from conflict-related policies, people in the occupied Palestinian territory face difficult weather conditions and emergencies, and may also suffer from natural disasters. In this territory, such contingencies may include storms, floods, frosts, droughts, desertification and earthquakes, among others.

For additional information, please access our Winter Storm Portal, which supports response agencies to report needs and provide prompt response.

Articles, statements and press releases

22 April 2020 |
WHO delivering supplies to health authorities in Gaza. Photo by WHO

First fatality from COVID-19 recorded in East Jerusalem. First new COVID-19 cases in Gaza reported in nearly two weeks. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the COVID-19 crisis is currently under revision to include emerging needs.

14 April 2020 |
Volunteers from the Aida Youth Centre put together food parcels to deliver to needy families around the camp. Photo by UNRWA

Second fatality recorded in the oPt. Undocumented COVID-19 cases in East Jerusalem of increasing concern. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the COVID-19 crisis, over 80 per cent funded, is currently under revision to include critical emerging needs.

31 March 2020 |
ICU beds at Rafah Field. Photo by WHO

The first fatality from COVID-19 in the oPt recorded in the West Bank on 25 March. Further social and movement restrictions introduced in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Response Plan for COVID-19 seeks US$34m to prevent further transmission of the virus in the oPt.

24 March 2020 |
©  Photo by WHO

On 22 March, the Palestinian Authority imposed a curfew in the West Bank for 14 days, obliging people to stay at home, except for the purchase of food and medicine, or in case of emergency. First two COVID-19 cases detected in Gaza; 1,400 people held in 21 quarantine centers across the Strip in precarious conditions. The COVID-19 Inter-agency Response Plan for the coming three months, is less than 23 per cent funded.

4 March 2019 |
Ibtisam preparing coffee in her new kitchen

An oPt Humanitarian Fund Success Story: Ibtisam is a 46-year-old mother of two from Deir al Balah in the Gaza Strip. Until recently, she was struggling to care for her family, including her husband who lives with a disability, and to manage the family’s home, which needed repair and rehabilitation

23 January 2019 |
Rehabilitation works at the Khatib family home in Hebron. Photo: GVC

An oPt Humanitarian Fund success story: Israel exercises direct control over the 20 per cent of Hebron City, known as H2, which is home to approximately 40,000 Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers living in five settlement compounds. Policies and practices implemented by the Israeli authorities, citing security concerns, have resulted in the forcible transfer of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron city, reducing a once thriving area to a ‘ghost town’. The living conditions of those Palestinians who remain in the closed and restricted areas have been gradually undermined, including with regard to basic services and sources of livelihood.